VIJAYAWADA: The maintenance of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) proposed to be launched as a viable alternative to the growing transportation needs of cities will be taken care of by the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), said Managing Director of the Corporation B. Prasada Rao on Tuesday.
Speaking to the local media on the sidelines of a review meeting, Mr. Rao put to rest speculation with regard to the RTC role in the much-touted BRTS project.
The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation developed the infrastructure under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to ply buses in the dedicated corridor. Confusion reigned supreme ever since the project was sanctioned with regard to the lead role in maintenance of the new project. While it was being debated if the VMC would assume primary role or leave the maintenance to the RTC, the Corporation MD on Tuesday corroborated vital role for the RTC in maintenance of the BRTS project.
Expressing satisfaction over the success of the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses integrated into the RTC fleet here, he said the same would be replicated in other parts of the State. He also spoke about revival of the depots that were closed down for various purposes and augmentation of the Volvo buses by adding 50 more vehicles of the same make in the fleet.
Later, he held a review meeting with the local officials of the corporation on various issues. Regional Manager A. Koteswara Rao and others were present.